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San Diego, California, United States of America
JOB #R2003359

Regulatory Specialist

Regulatory Specialist

Southern CA

The Southern California Natural Resources Team is looking for a seasoned and technically accomplished Senior Regulatory Specialist to support permitting needs, including conducting jurisdictional delineations pursuant to methods established by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) for the Arid West Region, preparing permit applications for individual, general, and programmatic permitting efforts with the Corps, Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB), and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), working with the restoration team to draft mitigation-related documents, working with the biological team to support consultations with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and other technical documents. You will join an existing team of Natural Resources professionals that includes wildlife biologists, botanists, aquatic resource biologists (waters, wetlands, and riparian areas), restoration ecologists, and regulatory specialists. You may conduct work at project sites across southern California that require travel away from home and overnight stays. 

The position can be based in Southern CA with office locations in San Diego, Irvine, Los Angeles, CA or remotely from the Inland Empire or Ventura Counties.

Basic Qualifications

  • BS/MS/PHD  in biology, ecology, environmental science or a related discipline
  • Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated experience in this field
  • Jurisdictional Delineations using the Arid West Supplement and Ordinary High Water Mark Manual and new SWRCB Procedures
  • Experience completing large project permit applications and supporting documents under the Clean Water Act (Sections 401 and 404), Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, Section 1600 of the State Fish and Game Code, Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act for the Corps, SWRCB/RWQCB, and CDFW
  • Experience preparing proposal scope and budgets
  • Demonstrated ability to interface with clients, prepare meeting agenda, and meeting minutes
  • Experience with business and client development
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and with regulatory agency personnel

Preferred Skills/Experience

  • Approved Jurisdictional Determinations
  • Preparing Corps’ Section 404 Impact Analysis, Environmental Assessments, Public Interest Review, and 404(b)(1) Alternatives Analyses
  • Preparing Biological Assessments or other documents in support of consultations pursuant to Section 7 and/or 10 of the Endangered Species Act
  • California Coastal Commission and Coastal Development Permits
  • California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM)
  • Programmatic Permitting (developing RGPs, SAMPs, or other programmatic permits)
  • Compensatory Mitigation Planning (HMMP, Mitigation Banks, and/or In-lieu Fee Programs)

Professional Skills

  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making capabilities, including ability to identify existing or potential problems and recommend solutions
  • Team player with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Sound business ethics, including the protection of proprietary and confidential information
  • Ability to work with all levels of internal staff, as well as outside clients and vendors
  • Proficiency in MS Office Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel)
  • Ability to be flexible to handle multiple priorities and to work limited overtime as necessary

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

San Diego, CA (CA74)

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